Pride and Prejudice
Ricco Rodriguez (Pictures) should've been our first clue. The wild card UFC heavyweight was coming off both a knockout loss to Tim Sylvia (Pictures) and an eight-month sabbatical in 2003 when he agreed to face PRIDE star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) in the promotion's home turf of Saitama, Japan, on just two weeks' notice.
Bisping Enough Of A Name For N.Y. Area?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's light heavyweight division had a change of plans Wednesday, when frustration at Tito Ortiz not signing for a proposed match with Rashad Evans on Nov. 17 in Newark, N.J., led to the announcement of Michael Bisping as Evans' new opponent.
Houston Alexander vs. Thiago Silva Added to UFC 78
Hours after the UFC announced that a light-heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping will headline UFC 78, the organization announced an additional bout for the Nov. 17 event: Houston Alexander (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Thiago Silva (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
Solid Line-Up For Palace Fighting Championship 4
Palace Fighting Championship
PFC 4 “Project Complete”
October 18th, 2007
Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
Tickets can be purchased at tickets.com or charge by phone 1-800-225-2277.
PFC Lightweight Title Fight (Champion Smith)
San Bernardino’s Shad Smith (9-7-2) vs. Lemoore’s Poppies Martinez (11-3-1)
PFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight (Vacant)
North Hollywood’s Lodune Sincaid (10-4) vs. Sacramento’s Jeromy Frietag (5-5)
PFC Middleweight Title Fight (Vacant)
Newport Beach’s Justin Levens (9-7) vs. Lemoore’s Kenny Ento (8-2)
Elk Grove’s Scott Smith (11-4) vs. Santa Rosa’s Nate Loughran (5-0)
Ensenada, Mexico’s Olaf Alfonso (5-7) vs. Hesperia’s Thomas Denny (22-15).............
JARDINE NOT LIKELY TO RETURN UNTIL 2008
When Keith Jardine defeated Chuck Liddell, he not only handed for the former champion a decisive loss, he also put himself at the top of the food chain in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division.
While many fights could be on the horizon for Jardine, fans are not likely to see him again in 2007...................
Nakamura to Appeal, Others Are Clean
Aside from Kazuhiro Nakamura’s previously announced suspension for testing positive for marijuana, the 17 remaining competitors from Sept. 22’s Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Anaheim, Calif. were clean on their drug tests, both for drugs of abuse and for anabolic agents/masking agents, according to Bill Douglas, a representative of the California State Athletic Commission.
Adam Smith +ve For Cocaine
Adam Smith, who faced Dewey Cooper at the Strikeforce at the Mansion event in Beverly Hills, Calif. this past Saturday night, has been fined and suspended for testing positive for cocaine and marijuana according to Bill Douglas, a representative of the California State Athletic Commission.
An Interview With UFC 78’s Jason Reinhardt: Owner of MMA’s Best Career Record
For a guy with a perfect 18-0 record, Jason Reinhardt’s road to a UFC debut wasn’t without a few bumps.
The MMA fighter and teacher had garnered the attention of the UFC after years of success in the Midwest and throughout the U.S., but when it came to casting for the “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” Reinhardt made it only to the final 18; just 16 fighters, of course, were chosen for the show.
Not all Pride fighters struggle in the UFC
“I have no idea why some are struggling to adjust. With Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, he just made one mistake and ran into Heath Herring’s leg. That is a big leg so it is going to take some steam out of you. Nog recovered well and I think that other than that kick he dominated the rest of the fight. At the same time Quinton Jackson and Anderson Sylva in my eyes are PRIDE fighters. So you could say that PRIDE owns two belts in the UFC right now. Both of those guys fought almost all their fights and made their name in PRIDE. They are PRIDE fighters. It is easy to throw a UFC label on Jackson because he is American. He only fought one fight in the cage with WFA before he went to the UFC.”
Liddell Resumes Training, Fight With Silva Remains Possibility
By Loretta Hunt (email@example.com)
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell got back on the horse Monday, as he returned to the San Luis Obispo, Calif. gym that steered him to the crown and four title defenses inside the Octagon, his head trainer John Hackleman said. There, Hackleman said Liddell partook in some light training and discussed his recent loss to Keith Jardine.................................................
Cro Cop In the Past, Kongo Looks to Nog
With his win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at Ultimate Fighting Championship 75, French striker Cheick Kongo solidified himself as a top contender in the heavyweight division.
In the fight with Cro Cop, it seemed after the first round that Kongo figured out his opponent and worked his game plan to perfection.